Pet food maker Sunshine Hills has expanded its recall of dog food out of concerns that the products may contain potentially unsafe levels of aflatoxin, a byproduct of mold.
The Red Bay, Alabama based family-owned company expanded a September voluntary recall on Oct. 8 with several dog food products sold under brand names such as Champ, Good Dog and Old Glory, as well as cat food sold under the Sprout Hi-Protein brand, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
The pet foods were distributed to retailers across the United States, the FDA says.
The list of potentially hazardous products includes “Champ Mini Chunk Dog Food Beef and Chicken Flavor,” “Good Dog Brand Dog Food Hi-Energy Formula,” “Old Glory Hearty Beef & Chicken Flavor Dog Food,” and “Paws Happy Life Nutritionally Complete Dog Food.” Specific lot numbers of affected products can be found at FDA.gov.
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An investigation by the FDA, along with Sunshine Mills and the Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry, found that some pet foods made in April 2020 may have corn with higher than desired levels of aflatoxin, a naturally-occurring mold byproduct that can be harmful to pets if consumed in significant quantities.
No illnesses have been reported due to these products to date.
“If your pet has symptoms of aflatoxin poisoning, contact a veterinarian immediately,” according to the FDA’s announcement. “Even pets without symptoms may have suffered liver damage, so you may want to contact your veterinarian if your dog has eaten any of the recalled products. Provide a full diet history to your veterinarian. You may find it helpful to take a picture of the pet food label, including the lot number.”
Consumers should not feed their pets the recalled products and can return unused portions for a full refund.
Contributing: Dalvin Brown
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